Tis the season for the annual blog wrap-up of the year, which the post I am most likely to do, even in a low posting year like this one. Always interesting to go back and look at past years and I love to read other people’s…so please post a link in the comments if you do one as we
1.What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
Gave birth to a girl baby, fired someone, picked up a paying blogging gig and applied for doctorate programs.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t make any formal resolutions last year. I think I expressed a desire to “keep my head above water” for this year, knowing that I’d have a new baby to content with. I basically did that this year, some times more gracefully than others. For 2013, I’d be very happy if I read and wrote more and did another triathlon.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yep, multiple people had new babies this year. I don’t think I know anyone who is expecting for 2013 yet, but we’ll see if that holds. These are the baby years for most of my friends.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What places did you visit?
Kansas for Thanksgiving and two trips to the Twin Cities that were both really fun. I also went to San Francisco for work but that doesn’t really count since I basically only saw the airport and a hotel conference room. I could have been any where, sadly. I’ve got a fun trip planned for February to Arizona and a work trip to Philadelphia in April, so will do a fair bit of traveling this spring.
6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Last year I said I wanted more of a sense of balance in my life. I’d still like that. I’d also like to have more date nights with Mr. Monkey and to make the most of living where we live (right by a trail, easy access to green space. I want to spend more time outside)
7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
April 15th, when our sweet girl was born (on her due date!). It was a tough labor and delivery and a somewhat scary time afterward due to some complications but I will always treasure the memory of seeing her little face for the first time.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving my maternity leave and re-entry into my job. Figuring out our money in a way that made us able to have Mr. Monkey be primarily a stay-at-home parent. I’m also pleased that I got paid for some writing pieces this year.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Taking care of myself, in terms of diet and fitness.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes, mostly pregnancy related. I will never be pregnant again and that is a good thing. I love babies but I don’t do pregnancy especially well.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Hmm. No material thing comes to mind but money spent on travel was money well spent for us.
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
The boy monkey was just great, in terms of his instant love and general kindness and toleration of his baby sister. He is so sweet with her and handled the new person in our life really well.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The NRA. Anyone who thinks that there is a reason a civilian needs an automatic or semi-automatic weapon. Most everyone on Fox News. (Basically, yes, I am a liberal)
14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent. Super exciting, yes?
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Seeing my kids start to play with each other.
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
“Some Nights” by Fun was a song I had on repeat a lot this year.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Generally happier.
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter. Sigh.
c) richer or poorer? About the same. We decreased our income but also eliminated day care expenses and tightened up our discretionary spending a bit. We paid off one car, so less in debt. I’ll do our annual financial report at the end of the week (super nerdy fun. For reals. I love it) and I suspect we’ll be in roughly the same financial place in terms of savings as we were last year.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of? Writing, blogging, reading, being outside, going on dates with Mr. Monkey, playing Bananagrams with my best buddy.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Worry about work, being passive in some areas of my life, being indoors.
20. How did you spend Christmas in 2012? We took a weekend trip to the Twin Cities until Christmas Eve and then spent a quiet night at home. We celebrated Christmas with gifts and a traditional Jewish meal (Chinese food).
21. Did you fall in love in 2012? Yes, with my new babe.
22. What was your favorite TV program? We discovered Downton Abbey this year and loved it. Still loving The Good Wife, Mad Men and The Amazing Race (which the little monkey now likes to watch with me, so that is fun).
23. What did you do for your birthday in 2012? I have no idea. It was probably just a normal day.
24. What was the best book you read? I didn’t read nearly as much as I would have liked, but did read Room, which was good but hard to read in some respects.
25. What did you want and get? A healthy baby and a completed family.
26. What did you want and not get? A new bike…or really, a good enough reason to get a new bike. This was not a good year in terms of fitness.
27. What was your favorite film of the year? I really enjoyed “Queen of Versailles” and “The Words”.
28. Did you make some new friends this year? No, not really.
29.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A certain person at work moving on, one way or the other.
30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Is “harried mom” a fashion concept? How about “lazy and running late”?
31. What kept you sane? My friend Ellie. Holding and nursing my girl in quiet moments. Taking walks with my boy.
32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? How do you not enjoy Stewart and Colbert in an election year?
33. What political issue stirred you the most? The Affordable Care Act and the current discussions of gun control.
34. Who did you miss? My step-sons. Always. A very close former friend that has drifted away for reasons I don’t know and who seems gone forever, in terms of what our relationship used to be.
35. What was a valuable life lesson learned in 2012? If you want to lead, you must learn to make peace with people not being happy with your decisions.
I hope you all had a nice holiday and have a wonderful 2013 on your horizon.